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Castel del Monte

Castel del Monte Review

Built by Frederick II in the first half of the 13th century, Castel del Monte is an imposing octagonal castle with eight austere towers on an isolated hill. Little is known about the structure, since virtually no records exist. The ground-floor gift shop (closed in winter months) has many books that explore its mysterious past and posit theories based on its dimensions and Federico II's love of mathematics. It has none of the usual defense features associated with medieval castles, so it probably had little military significance. Some theories suggest it might have been built as a hunting lodge or may have served as an astronomical observatory, or even a stop for pilgrims on their quest for the Holy Grail. Most of the helpful information panels in the castle are translated into English and the tourist office organizes guided tours. Note that if coming by car between April and September you have to park in designated areas about a mile away and then get a shuttle bus.

    Contact Information

  • Address: On signposted minor road, 18 km (11 miles) south of Andria Andria, 70031 | Map It
  • Phone: 0883/569997; 0883/592283 tour reservations
  • Cost: €5
  • Hours: Mar.–Sept., daily 10:15–7:15; Oct.–Feb., daily 9–5. Last entrance ½ hr before closing
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  • Location: Castel del Monte
Updated: 02-12-2013

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